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Panthers give general manager Tallon contract extension

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: General Manager Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers talks on the phone at the draft table during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: General Manager Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers talks on the phone at the draft table during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have signed executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon to a contract extension.

The team announced the move Friday, along with the addition of Tom Rowe as its associate general manager. Rowe had been coach of the team's AHL affiliate in Portland.

Tallon was in the last year of his existing deal and an extension had been in the works for some time. He built a roster that has helped the Panthers climb to first place in the Atlantic Division as 2016 begins, a sign of major progress for a franchise with just one playoff appearance in the last 14 seasons.

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Rowe will assume his new role immediately. Scott Allen is taking over for Rowe as head coach of the Maine club.